Howards End (1992)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 February 1993 (USA)
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A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.



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Encounter of three social classes of the England at the beginning of the century : the victorian capitalists (the Wilcoxes) considering themselves as aristocrats, whose only god is money ; the enlightened bourgeois (the Schlegels), humanistic and philanthropist ; and the workers (the Basts), fighting to survive. The Schlegel sisters' humanism will be torn apart as they try both to softly knock down the Wilcox's prejudices and to help the Basts. Written by Yepok

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Rated PG for mild language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casa Howard  »

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$25,967,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ismail Merchant had to pay $250,000 for the rights to the E.M. Forster novel to the trustees of Forster's estate, King's College in Cambridge. Merchant considered this an exorbitant sum but he had to match a Hollywood offer that the college was also considering at the time. See more »


During the kiss with Paul, and during the music hall scenes, Helen is wearing a wristwatch. While wristwatches did exist at the time they were rare, and women normally wore a brooch type of timepiece. The wristwatch would not become common until the first world war, when they were given to soldiers to allow them to see the time while both hands were engaged. See more »


[first lines]
Margaret Schlegel: [reading letter] Dearest Meg, I'm having a glorious time. I like them all. They are the very happiest, jolliest family that you can imagine. The fun of it is that they think me a noodle, and say so - at least, Mr. Wilcox does. Oh Meg, should we ever learn to talk less.
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Bridal Lullaby
Music by Percy Grainger
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Performed by Martin Jones
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Great work, Merchant & Ivory!
10 May 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This film is a testimony to the creative novelist E.M. Forster! This early 90's full-length version of the novel is faithful to his 1921 masterpiece and beautifully realized by a team of film makers who know the "right moves." What a great trip back to early 20th Century Britain. The film moves briskly but in some ways we're experiencing some time gaps in a slow, slow manner; the outdoor scenes are great and almost multi-sensory. This highly atmospheric film also includes a great ensemble cast headed by Emma Thompson. The film never underestimates the intelligence of the audience and forces us to confront even our own class discriminations! Well worth a VHS or DVD rental; sorry I can't give any comments on DVD extras as I borrowed this free from our local library. Keep a copy of the book handy and notice the masterful interweaving done by Ruth Prawar Jandhlava. Life when fully realized is about much more than consumerist illusions and brief "ownership" by a selfish few. The novel's Motto is "Only connect" and the hard-thinking viewer of this great film will be enabled to do that as well !!!

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